Over $1,340,000 awarded for transportation-related emission reductions
Raleigh, N.C. (January 13, 2015) – The North Carolina Clean Energy Technology Center (NCCETC) at N.C. State University announced the results of a call for projects through the Clean Fuel Advanced Technology (CFAT) Project. The $6.2 million initiative, focused on reducing transportation-related emissions, is supported with federal Congestion Mitigation Air Quality funding from the N.C. Department of Transportation (DOT). The CFAT project operates in counties that do not meet National Ambient Air Quality Standards. More than half of North Carolinians live in counties that have unhealthy air, and transportation-related emissions are a primary contributor to the state’s air quality concerns. With this announcement, over $1,340,000 in federal funding is being awarded for fourteen projects to a variety of public and private entities.
The diverse range of awards include four projects that involve the installation of electric vehicle charging stations and purchase of electric vehicles as well as two compressed natural gas (CNG), two propane (LPG), three efficiency and a clean diesel locomotive project. In all, 249 vehicles will be outfitted with alternative fuel or advanced technology for fuel savings and reduced emissions, 8 electric vehicle charging stations will be installed and one existing CNG station will be upgraded to provide liquefied natural gas. Taken as a whole, the projects will remove nearly 8.3 metric tons of pollutants annually. This is reduction in pollutants is approximately equal to removing 108 passage vehicles from North Carolina roads. Funding assistance will be allocated in the form of a reimbursement, which can cover up to 80 percent of the project cost. “These emission reduction technology grants are an important part of the CFAT project which also includes education, outreach and recognition of exemplary efforts at reducing transportation related emissions,” said Anne Tazewell, NCCETC’s Transportation Program Manager.
This is the third round of DOT funding available through the 2013 -2015 CFAT project. To date the three- year project has awarded $4.4 million to a total of 44 projects. The NCCETC anticipates conducting a final request for proposal process for the 2013-2015 phase of the project in the February, 2015 to support additional technology-related emission reduction efforts.
The N.C. Clean Energy Technology Center has partnered with Triangle J, Centralina, Upper Coastal Plain and Kerr-Tar Councils of Governments, and the Piedmont Triad Regional Council to conduct education and outreach regarding alternative fuel and fuel conservation technologies and policies. Additional CFAT activities include a public education media campaign and an annual recognition of exemplary efforts to reduce transportation related emissions.
Click here for a list of 2015 CFAT award winners.
About the N.C. Clean Energy Technology Center
The N.C. Clean Energy Technology Center, as part of the College of Engineering at North Carolina State University, advances a sustainable energy economy by educating, demonstrating and providing support for clean energy technologies, practices and policies. It serves as a resource for innovative, green energy technologies through technology demonstration, technical assistance, outreach and training. For more information about the N.C. Clean Energy Technology Center, visit: http://www.nccleantech.ncsu.edu. Twitter: @NCCleanTech
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